Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour
from USD $50.28
Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the option of exploring the verdant Bamboo Grove and impressive shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama district or the intriguing wooden buildings and stone alleys (maybe even spotting a geisha or two) in Kyoto’s famed Higashiyama area, all with a knowledgeable local guide and rickshaw driver. This authentic, customizable Kyoto adventure is a fun introduction to this beautiful city.
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In Brief

Kyoto, Japan
30 to 180 minutes
Excellent value for money
Family friendly
Get inside tips from a local
Multiple departure times and locations available
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Great overview and orientation of the city
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Nanzen-ji Temple, 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435 Kyoto Prefecture

red brick aqueduct next to the Nanzenji Temple

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Arashiyama, Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383 Kyoto Prefecture

location where the Arashiyama tour will take place

Stop At: Gio-ji Temple, 32 Kosaka-cho, Sagatoriimoto, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture

visit a wonderful green moss garden

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Daikaku-ji Temple, 4 Sagaosawacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8411 Kyoto Prefecture

temple complex away from the hustle and bustle of Arashiyama's main area. Lovely with cherry blossoms in the summer

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Ebisuya, Kyoto Arashiyama, 3-24 Susukinobabacho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385 Kyoto Prefecture

your tour operator for a rickshaw tour through Kyoto Arashiyama

Pass By: Ebisuya, Kyoto Higashiyama, 558-9 Yugyomaecho, Higahsiotanimae Kitairu, Gojo Ohashi, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0864 Kyoto Prefecture

tour operator for Higashiyama area

Pass By: Togetsukyo Bridge, Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo, Kyoto 616-8385 Kyoto Prefecture

starting place of tour

Pass By: Bamboo Forest Street, Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo, Kyoto 616-8394 Kyoto Prefecture

the famous bamboo forest of Arashiyama. Private rickshaw path

Stop At: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo, Kyoto 616-8385 Kyoto Prefecture

walk through part of the bamboo forest not accessible by rickshaw

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Nonomiya Shrine, Sagano Miyamachi 1, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8393 Kyoto Prefecture

shinto shrine nestled in the bamboo forest

Pass By: Rakushisha, 20 Sagaogurayama Hinomyojincho, Ukyo, Kyoto 616-8391 Kyoto Prefecture

cottage of a famous japanesehaiku poet

Stop At: Nisonin, 27 Saganisonin Monzenchojincho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8425 Kyoto Prefecture


Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Jojakkoji Temple, 3 Saga Ogurayamaoguracho, Ukyo, Kyoto 616-8397 Kyoto Prefecture

temple with stairs, view over kyoto

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Seiryoji Temple, 46 Fujinokicho Sagasyakado Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8447 Kyoto Prefecture


Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, 17 Saga Toriimotoadashinocho, Ukyo, Kyoto 616-8436 Kyoto Prefecture

stone figurines

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, 2-5 Saga Toriimotofukatanicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8439 Kyoto Prefecture

humorous stone figurines

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Saga Toriimoto Preserved Street, Japan, 〒616-8439 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨鳥居本

preserved, former pilgrim street

Pass By: Yasakanoto, 388 Yasakakamimachi, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0827 Kyoto Prefecture

landmark of Higashiyama

Pass By: Miyagawacho Kaburenjo, Miyagawasuji, Higashi-ku, Shimogyo, Kyoto 605-0801 Kyoto Prefecture

Geisha district and traditional wooden town houses

Pass By: Tatsumi Bridge, Hanamikojidori Shimbashi Nishi Iru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0000 Kyoto Prefecture

small bridge in traditional district

Pass By: Heian Shrine, 97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341 Kyoto Prefecture

large shinto shrine, often used for Japanese festivals

Pass By: Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), 69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035 Kyoto Prefecture

beautiful temple with garden

Pass By: Chion-in Temple, 400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-8686 Kyoto Prefecture

impressive temple

Pass By: Yasaka Shrine, 625 Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 Kyoto Prefecture

large shrine in Gion area. worth a visit during new years, before or after the rickshaw tour!


  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Rickshaw ride


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Gio-ji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Daikaku-ji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nisonin
  • Entry/Admission - Jojakkoji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Seiryoji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

Departure Point

1: 1-1 Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8385, Japan
2: Ebisuya Higashiyama, Japan, 〒605-0864 Kyoto, 京都市東山区Higashiyama-ku, Shimokawarachō, 遊行前町558−9

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Adult pricing applies to age 7 and over
  • Children 6 years and under may sit on an adult’s lap (one child per adult)
  • A maximum of 2 adults per rickshaw. Up to 2 children, 6 years and under, can ride with 2 adults (children have to ride on an adult's lap)
  • While rickshaws are able to fit two adults, each rickshaw is 29.1 inches (74 centimeters) wide, and it is sometimes more comfortable to book individual rickshaws for each passenger. For passengers of size, we recommend booking a rickshaw for each participant to ensure a comfortable ride. Passengers who do not both fit in one rickshaw but wish to participate in a tour at the same time will be required to purchase an additional rickshaw, which may not be available on the date of the tour with an English-speaking guide if not booked in advance. Those customers who do not purchase an additional rickshaw at the time of booking cannot be guaranteed availability
  • Please select your preferable itinerary and duration option at checkout
  • Wheelchair- and stroller-friendly
  • This tour can be customized depending on your interests
  • Tour will run later during the listed dates below (time is subject to change, please contact the local operator for further information):
  • Arashiyama: Summer hour (5/1 to 8/30) - until 6pm; Hanatouro (12/11 to 12/20) - until 8pm
  • Higashiyama: Hanatouro (3/6 to 3/15) - until 9pm; Cherry blossom light-up (3/28 to 4/12) - until 9pm; Summer hour (5/1 to 8/30) - until 6pm; Autumn foliage light-up (11/14 to 12/6) - until 9pm
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Selected starting time is not automatically guaranteed. The time will be confirmed by email within 24 hours of booking.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If a child 6 years will be using one of the two seats of the rickshaw, it must book as an adult.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Yuyo my driver was the best. Friendly, knowledgable and the forest is amazing. I highly recommend this.
• Submitted 10 Jan 2020
We took two rickshaw tours with the same provider and they were both excellent. It’s not just a good way to cover some distance and not be exhausted, but the tour guides were excellent.
• Submitted 31 Dec 2019
Absolutely enjoyed this tour, we did the 1 hour and our guide Yusaku was so knowledgeable and hilarious. He took us through Kyoto visiting shrines and even the geiko districts. Yusaku stopped many times to take our picture and he did a fantastic job. I highly recommend this tour if you are with your significant other.
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
We went on a 2 hour rickshaw ride with another couple. Our ride took us all over the historic area. Our guides were full of information and spoke good English. They looked after us really well when we had a little rain and we stayed warm and dry. We were impressed with their professionalism. A highlight was going along a street where many of the geisha live. The street is not mentioned in the guide books and was deserted. We were very lucky to pass a geisha in the street as apparently they seldom appear during the day. Overall we thoroughly recommend this trip.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2019
Such an amazing tour with the Kyoto Rickshaw crew! Words can't express how much fun this was. The guys that pulled our rickshaw were fun and informed us about all things Japan ranging from where to go and what means what. They also took the best photos. Can't recommend this more!
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
We had a great ride .Guide was great very informative .He tooks some great photos.Wish we had have gone longer
• Submitted 10 Jul 2019
This was a terrific activity. The young fellows who took us around the Gion area were so friendly and looked after us all so well. Would recommend as a must do!!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We booked two rickshaw 3 hours tour for myself, my husband and our 10 year old because we will not fit in one rickshaw. Our rickshaw driver/tour guides coordinated our tour very well. The tour was amazing because you are comfortable and at the same time, the tour-guide/rickshaw driver spoke English and were very knowledgeable about the places you visit. Our tour-guide were name U-chi Yochicuwa and Ki-yo.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
The Rickshaw tour was amazing! Beautiful, calm and very safe. The best way to visit Kyoto. Ryoma Fujioka is an excellent guide. He knows the history very well, and is very joyfull.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We had booked an English speaking guide and it was so worth it to ride through the bamboo forest and out through some of the back block areas for an hour. Our guide was very friendly and helpful showing us different places and some of their history. Having never been in a rickshaw before this was quite an experience in the cold March weather wrapped up in a rug. We would recommend this trip to anyone.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a highlight of our visit to Japan. We received extremely detailed instructions to get from Kyoto railway station to our awaiting rickshaw at Arashiyama. Our rickshaw boy was so helpful and professional and was a very good photographer. We asked to see the bamboo grove so we went there first. and then went around many streets and byways, some of which were uphill. This did not faze our man one little bit. We had opted for a two hour ride and we were glad we had as this gave more time to see all the sights without rushing. We felt like royalty passing all the foot tourists and in the first few hundred meters two tourists asked how they could do such a tour. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Amazing!! One of the highlights in our trip to Japan! Tama was fantastic! He not only knew a lot about the city and history, but he was a wonderful photographer!! He knew were the best places for pictures!! He do wonders with your phone! We had a sunny day, just beautiful!! Totally recommended!!
• Submitted 30 May 2018
Unique experience and great guide! Highly recommend!
• Submitted 09 May 2018
The rickshaw tour was incredible. Our rickshaw operator Aki was simply the nicest guy. So happy with a big smile the whole time. And he was also quite knowledgeable, and a great photographer to boot. It would have been worth it for the pictures alone I think. He got a neat looking vertical panoramic on our iphone in the bamboo forest. Then he showed us a picture of him taking Steve Carell around on a recent rickshaw tour in the area. It was legit, he was standing right next to him. Anyway, I highly suggest you have them end the tour near the entrance to the monkeys and go play with them up on the mountain for a while after your rickshaw tour. Just make sure you can walk all the way up the mountain, it took about 20 mins of huffing and puffing to get up there. But we weren't breathing as hard as Aki was after he took us around on the rickshaw, I can assure you of that
• Submitted 04 May 2018
It was a very amazing tour!
• Submitted 11 Feb 2018
Kooki was a fabulous Guide and we had simply the best time on this tour! He was also a fantastic photographer and took some great shots of us in the bamboo forest and in a hidden temple we would have never found! so much fun : worth every penny!
• Submitted 09 Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 03 Dec 2017
Nice scenic
• Submitted 25 Oct 2017
AMAZING Tour! Highly recommend! We took the 2 hour long ride and wish we would have done the 3 hour. We visited Arashiyama. Beautiful greens, bamboo forest, and our driver even took us to a Buddist temple. Very small and quaint tucked within a neighborhood. The garden was beautiful! Spoke really good english and knew much about the lore around town. He stopped to take several pictures of us. Great experience and is on my to do list for our next visit!
• Submitted 22 Oct 2017
Can't remommend this tour enough!! We had a 2 hour tour or Arashiyama with Ita and it was excellent. Ita was a superb driver, had excellent English and was very knowledgable and friendly. He took us to lots of places off the beaten track including a beautiful temple where we were the only visitors.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
This was absolutely a highlight of our trip. My husband and I had ITA as our driver and his knowledge of the area set the tone for the rest of our day. We've seen areas that walking tourists would easily miss. We could never repay his kindness and his patience. Forever grateful for his hard work!
• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
Awesome tour! He was able to take me places I never would have found myself. We were almost the only ones at three different shrines and temples, on a day when the main strip was packed. Thanks again!
• Submitted 11 Aug 2017
This event was outstanding and one of the highlights of the trip to Japan for my kids and grandkids. The young men who pulled for the family were excellent and the family loved them. You have an excellent company and I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Japan and Kyoto. Thank you for your service. Rick Younts
• Submitted 04 Jul 2017
The guides were superb, superb in knowledge about the ancient area, super friendly and super helpful. Highly recommended to all first timers. Although slightly pricey but great value.
• Submitted 04 Jul 2017

In Brief

Kyoto, Japan
30 to 180 minutes
Excellent value for money
Family friendly
Get inside tips from a local
Multiple departure times and locations available
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Great overview and orientation of the city

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